Thursday, March 24, 2016

Happy Art Day

I'm We left Shanghai for Hong Kong late Wednesday. We entered the travelling time machine at 5pm Shanghai time and arrived at our hotel after 2 am. Note to future self: get a good night's sleep, then travel early in the morning next time. 

We did not have much get up and go until 10 or so the next day, my birthday, nor did we have any real plans. 

I'd read about arts month and discovered that our trip aligned with Art Basel, Rick and Collin were game for an art day, so off we went.

It is rainy in Hong Kong and cold (to me). I broke one of my cardinal travel rules by  forgetting a jacket but I did remember an umbrella. 

We stumbled into the Tourism Center to browse events and find our bearings and discovered Art Central, a modern and contemporary art fair with Asian flare.

The opening pieces by Art Central sponsor, Swarovski, are sound activated. A group of kids on an explore with school had great fun making the sparkling jelly fish move.
Like the kids, we loved the paper busts. They seem carved from a huge stack of paper--pages glued together sticky note style. The docent moved the heads like slinky tops. 

They were here and there through the show. With art, I have this theory: size and materials matter. It seems that extremes of size and materials ruled this show too.

There were paintings whose stiff paint peaks made their own topographies.

Incredible art. 

This project is titled "Horizon" and the figure below, "After the Vow." Telling.

I lucked into merting a Chilean collage artist, Tan Vargas. He shared his creative process and talked through a few of his big pieces. 

So much is story. 

The best story of the day happened at Art Basel. We headed there after Art Central thinking we'd buy tickets on site. The line for the line to get tickets was past the sixty minute mark. People had to queue outside to get a number to stand in the ticket line. Online, advanced purchase tickets were sold out. It looked hopeless, so I said, "let's just wander the hall, have a glass of champagne and see what we can see." So we did and we happened upon the Art Basel Miami booth. We got to talking. The kind man there, whose birthday was March 23rd gave us a VIP pass to the show! Score!

And oh the art... just awesome.

1 comment:

  1. Wow! Your photos really added to this post! Beautiful words AND pictures!!


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